If you are in an accident, you may suffer an injury such as a fractured bone. Doctors prefer to use the word fracture, instead of break or a crack. It is a common misconception that there is a difference between a break and a fracture — they are in fact the same thing.
Fractures can happen very easily. Our bones are often broken in an accident. Some breaks can be quite mild, but some are really severe. We have 206 bones in all, so there are plenty of fractures just waiting to happen.
If you sustain a fracture in an accident that happened within the last three years and was not your fault, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim using a personal injury lawyer in Pulborough.
Different types of fractures
There are numerous different fractures that could cause you to need to make a personal injury claim using a personal injury lawyer in Pulborough, such as:
- Compound fracture: the broken bone protrudes through the skin.
- Compression fracture: the bones collapses, usually in the spine.
- Avulsion fracture: a piece of broken bone detaches itself from the main bone.
- Greenstick fracture: the bones only break on one side, more common in children.
- Spiral fracture: a winding break that seems to wrap itself around the bone.
- Bowing fracture: the bone bends rather than breaks, more common in children.
- Complete fracture: the bones breaks cleanly into two. It is not unusual with this type of break to hear the snap as it happens.
- Comminuted fracture: the broken bone shatters into pieces.
- Simple fracture: the bone can have several breaks, but does not break the skin.
- Complicated fracture: there are other injuries close to the fracture, such as injuries to nerves or main blood vessels.
- Transverse fracture: a straight break across the bone.
You may be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against the guilty party if you sustain any type of fracture in an accident that was not your fault.
The treatment of fractures
The treatments of fractures are fairly standard, depending on the severity of the injury. For example:
- Plaster cast if the bone really needs to be kept in place;
- Ice packs to reduce the swelling;
- Painkillers, as certainly to start with a break can be painful;
- Crutches if it’s your feet or legs in plaster;
- Surgery if the breaks are really severe;
- Support bandages if the break is not severe; and
- A sling to support a broken arm.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline can help you to make your personal injury compensation claim. With over 15 years of experience in the personal injury compensation industry, we have the expertise you need.
Our friendly advisors, who you can contact on our freephone number 0800 180 4123, will talk you through your accident and resulting injuries.
Date Published: 10th March 2014
Author: David Brown